Houston Texans: Five things atop the team’s Christmas wish list

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Winning out and going 3-0 to end the season

The first thing on the Houston Texans Christmas wish list should be winning out and going 3-0 to finish the season. Now, you likely won’t hear Bill O’Brien or any of the players say that they’re looking to win out directly but winning out is the best thing that could happen to the team in December.

If the Texans are able to win out, they’ll set themselves up in the best position possible for the playoffs and a potential first-round bye in the playoffs. More than that, it will also give the team and the city a full head of steam heading into the playoffs making the Texans an incredible freight train that will be tough to stop.

The first game left is a Saturday (bleh) matchup with the Jets at 3:30 in the afternoon in New York. The Jets are in the midst of a rebuild and have not been playing good football this season. They have several playmakers on defense, including Leonard Williams and Jamal Adams, that can incite fear in an opponent. However, their offense has been miserable so, ultimately, this should be a very winnable, bounce-back game for the Texans.

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Following that, the Texans will then continue down the east coast to Philadelphia to face off against the Eagles in Philly. This the final tough matchup on the team’s schedule this season but after their loss to Dallas this past week, Philly’s playoff chances are slim. The reigning super bowl champs should present a challenge regardless but the Texans should be able to take care of business.

Finally, the final week of the season sees the Houston Texans host the Jacksonville Jaguars. The two teams last played in October and the Texans easily took care of business then and should be able to do so again. Jacksonville is full of dysfunction and is relying on Cody Kessler at quarterback. This should be a very winnable game and give the Texans the opportunity to end the season on a high note.

These are three very winnable games for the Texans and it shouldn’t be too hard for the team to win out and tie the 2012 team for the best record (12-4) in franchise history. Now, if a lot were to go the Texans way they could lock up their playoff spot early and we could see this team take their foot off of the gas but, I doubt that happens.